Check out Australia Zoo’s Laughing Kookaburra!
Don’t miss the laughing larrikins that call Australia Zoo home. For your chance to get up close and personal with our laughing kookaburras, keep your eyes peeled for our Wandering Wildlife Team, or check out our Birds Show LIVE! as these impressive birds of prey take to the sky!
These Aussie icons are the largest members of the kingfisher family! They are found throughout eastern Australia and a small pocket in the southern parts of Western Australia.
The laughing kookaburra is often heard before it’s seen as they have a very distinct and well-known call. They produce a deep belly laugh and cackle that is audible over great distances. This call is a territorial vocalisation used to warn other birds to stay away!
Laughing kookaburras are carnivorous, they will use their keen eyesight and large, powerful beaks to ambush their unsuspecting prey from above. On the menu for these true-blue Aussies are small reptiles, mammals, frogs, worms and insects.
Laughing kookaburras are well adapted to life in suburbia, but often fall victim to road trauma and cat attacks. To help keep them safe be sure to keep your pet indoors at night. You little ripper!
40 - 45 centimetres
330 - 350 grams